Migrants Guatemala/Mexico

Series of photographs taken on the Guatemalan side in the western part of the border, wich is divided by the river Rio Suchiate,Ciudad Tecun Uman on the Guatemalan side and c, in the state of Chiapas, on the Mexican side. I wanted to be at a place where I have seen a lot of photojournalistic narratives take place, a site charged with mediatical constructed sense. I stayed 1 week camped at El paso del Coyote, one of the many places where the flow of migrants northwards is constant, unstoppable and a matter of human survival, as individuals and families seeks a better life up north. I chose to use colorful flash to chalenge the usual view we have on photojournalism and documentary photography as an indexical proof of truth. You need to understand that the colors in these photographs don’t serve an esthetic purpose for me. It's more an indicator of my presence in the picture, the way I choose to show that I’m there without hypocrisy, because even in a documentary context (I, they, we,) can't be objective. Photography always creates reality rather than capturing it. This experimental jam on actuality topics (immigration, drug trafficking, environmental issues, pollution, povrety) is essential in my approach and research of evidences and clues to bring up my philosophical thoughts: the photograph is an active creator of the characters of reality itself, not only a transmitter or recorder of reality.


 
 
 

Photojournalism and mediatical constructed sense
 
 


Inner tube reuse by migrants to cross the Mexican border, Tecun Uman, Guatemala, 2016
     

        Series of photographs taken on the Guatemalan side in the western part of the border, wich is divided by the river Rio Suchiate,Ciudad Tecun Uman on the Guatemalan side and Ciudad Hidalgo, in the state of Chiapas, on the Mexican side.

I wanted to be at a place where I have seen a lot of photojournalist narratives take place, a site charged with mediatical constructed sense. I stayed 1 week camped at
El paso del Coyote, one of the many places where the flow of migrants northwards is constant, unstoppable and a matter of human survival, as individuals and families seeks a better life up north.

I chose to use colorful flash to challenge the usual view we have on photojournalism and documentary photography as an indexical proof of truth. You need to understand that the colors in these photographs don’t serve an esthetic purpose for me. It's more an indicator of my presence in the picture, the way I choose to show that I’m there without hypocrisy, because even in a documentary  context (I, they, we,) can't be objective. Photography always creates reality rather than capturing it.

This experimental jam on actuality topics (immigration, drug trafficking, environmental issues, pollution, povrety) is essential in my approach and research of evidences and clues to bring up my philosophical thoughts: the photograph is an active creator of the characters of reality itself, not only a transmitter or recorder of reality.

A man pose on a tube boat use to cross the natural border rio Suchiate between guatemala and mexico. Each years a estimated of 400 000 migrant cross.

Artisanal soccer goal, at the main migrant crossing point, Mexican border. Many migrants are in desperate need of medical attention, weary from traveling hundreds of miles on foot through roads circling Mexico's low-level jungle region Tecun Uman, Guatemala, 2016
Transfer of goods illegally on the Rio Suchiate with a artisanal inflatable tube boat,Mexican border, Tecun Uman, Guatemala, 2016
3 Guatemalan kids on Mexican border, Tecun Uman, Guatemala, 2016
Group of people  ready to cross the mexican border, working in Mexico for a better salary and other wanted to go in the USA,  Many migrants flee the extreme gang violence of their home countries, only to become further victims of extortion, robbery and killings by gangs in Mexico. Tecun Uman, Guatemala, 2016
Two brothers fon a artisanal boat at the Mexican border, Tecun Uman, Guatemala, 2016
Unloading of goods on guatemalan side and the borther betwe, Tecun Uman, Guatemala, 2016
Salvadorien migant without paper in Chiapas, Mexico Many migrants are in desperate need of medical attention, weary from traveling hundreds of miles on foot through roads circling Mexico's low-level jungle region

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